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Opinion: Wigan Athletic should pay whatever it takes to land League One forward

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Wigan are a side on the up now after seasons of problems off-the-field.

The Latics were demoted from the Championship after being placed into administration and were left in a financial mess by their previous owners. With the side then going on to struggle in the third tier, it looked like it was a downward trajectory for the DW Stadium outfit.

However, after the emergence of new buyers, the club are now run superbly and have started to reap the benefits too. They’re in the top six places in League One and can even think about landing an automatic promotion spot too.

Now, they have a full winter window for Leam Richardson to sort his squad out even more and ensure that his side are well capable of landing a place in the Championship next season.

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One name that won’t be coming though is Cole Stockton, with The Sun journalist Alan Nixon revealing that the side don’t want to stump up the cash that Morecambe want for the striker.

Stockton has been in scintillating form for the Shrimps so far this season and it’s no wonder there will be teams keen to sign him – and regardless of these reports, Wigan should be in the running for his signature and should definitely be thinking about adding him to their side.

Right now, the club are short on forward options. Charlie Wyke will be out of action for a while and he was arguably their most prolific frontman and while they still have Will Keane, they could certainly benefit from some more faces in that area.

Stockton would not only be a solid option for the Latics to turn to but could guarantee goals – and goals generate points.

With 22 games and 15 goals this year and 13 more in the last campaign (a league lower no less) he has proven to be clinical in front of goal. He can bag goals without a doubt and the jump up in division hasn’t fazed him in the slightest.

Stockton represents a wise investment too – they wouldn’t be stumping up the money for a gamble on a player who may not have the capacity to succeed in the third tier. Instead, they would be landing a player with the skills to already achieve things at Wigan’s level and have the potential to step up with them if they did land a promotion to the Championship to boot.

They couldn’t do much better than signing Stockton in terms of strikers this winter window – so whatever fee Morecambe want for the player, if Wigan can afford it, then they should pay it.


Writer for Football League World.

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